I wanted to share with you some very sad news. Kim Mechling, one of our own swim family members, tragically lost her husband on Tuesday after a sudden illness.
Some of you may remember Ned as the big, gentle soul that always helped with timing. One could hear his loud booming voice yelling "GO CHARLIE" or "GO MADDIE" from anywhere on the pool deck. Ned was an avid supporter of swimming and he never missed cheering for all the kids swimming in the lane he was timing.
We will certainly miss Ned's presence at the pool.
I'm sure you all will join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to Kim, Charlie and Maddie.
A celebration of Ned’s life will be held Wednesday, July 16 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the private property on Prehm Ranch. Prehm Ranch is on the Roaring Fork River, so bug spray, sunglasses, blankets and chairs are good ideas. Tents and chairs will also be provided.
Prehm Ranch is very easy to get to. Aspen folks should come down 82 and turn left on 27th street as if they were going to Ski Sunlight. Go over the 27th street bridge and through the light. At the round about, take the second right and head toward the Glenwood Springs municipal airport on Midland Ave. At the fork in the road, stay to the left and head towards the airport. Pass the airport and follow the signs to park in the rodeo fairgrounds lot. There will be shuttle vans and a people mover from Rock Gardens/Glenwood Canyon Resort to drive people through the gates at the ranch. Those who feel like walking can. It's an easy walk.
The ceremonies will start at 5:30 with our own Derek Brown presiding. There will be tents and seating for about two hundred but we are expecting about twice that, so blankets and chairs are welcome. It is directly on the Roaring Fork River so bug spray, sun glasses, hats and/or sunscreen will be useful. It is extremely casual. If you have a cowboy hat, you can wear that in honor of Ned. Shirts are optional. There will be food, drinks, Budweiser of course and live music. Lots of room for kids to run wild. We are going to ask that the night wraps up around nine so the Conrades and Schneider families can resume their normal lives on their beautiful ranch. The obituary will run in the aspen times on Tuesday and Wednesday with these same details.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Ned Mechling Benefit Account at Alpine Bank. All proceeds will go towards Charlie’s and Maddie’s educational pursuits.
- Change in Warm Up Times
In order to maximize sleep on Saturday and to get you home as early as possible in Sunday, we have adjusted the warm-up times for this weekend. Attached is not only the revised warm up times, but also the lane assignments for warmups.
Friday - Warmups: 12:30pm, Meet Starts: 2:00pm
Saturday AM - Warmups: 7:45am, Meet Starts: 8:55am
Saturday PM - Warmups: 11:30am, Meet Starts: 1:00pm
Sunday AM - Warmups: 7:00am, Meet Starts: 8:10am
Sunday PM - Warmups: 10:45am; Meet Starts: 12:15pm
- Change in Heat Sheet Distribution and Request for Scratches Up Front and ASAP
We are going to try to eliminate the empty lanes that come along with a meet. We also realize that not publishing heat sheets for our younger swimmers causes undue chaos. So this is what we will do:
For the 10&Unders AM Sessions – We ask for any and all scratches by Thursday at noon. I will then seed the meet and publish heat sheets for email distribution and posting on the web (montrosemarlins.org and westernslopeleague.org) by Thursday evening. The seeding will not change at that point.
For the 11&Over Sessions (Friday PM, Saturday and Sunday PM) – We will not seed the meet until before the start of each session. Heat sheets will not be available for printing for parents, but will be available for a very nominal cost before each session. Heat and lane information will be available for free on the Meet Mobile app. We will be asking for all scratches 1 hour before the start of each session. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be courteous and scratch your swimmers who will not be swimming. If you know of scratches before Friday, please email me. We will be seeding the meet one hour before the start of the meet and expect no empty lanes – barring life and limb emergencies.
- Officials’ Clinic on Saturday
There will be a starters, stroke and turn and administrative official training on Saturday! The more the merrier! For more information , please contact Elaine Gerson - email@example.com .
Kevin Curry and Elaine Gerson will be offering the following clinics at the Montrose Meet (place TBD)
SATURDAY - July 12
Stroke/Turn - 9-12 - for revert as well as new stroke/turn officials
Starter 1-4pm - for new starters
Admin Official (with Cami Kidd) 1-4pm - for new admin officials
The official clinic will be held at the Montrose County School District Main Office - Outdoor Classroom location. (The classrooms are not outdoors as the name suggests). This location is within 1/4 mile from the pool.
To get to these classrooms, from the Montrose Aquatic Center, go south on Rio Grande less than 1.4 of a mile and take a right on Apollo Drive. At the T in the road right in front of the bus barn, take a right. Cross over the walking path and bear left toward the Montrose School District Main Offices.
Follow the parking lot to the end of the main offices and take the little dirt road at the end of the parking lot down the little hill. The outdoor classrooms are at the bottom of the little hill nestled in among the few trees in Montrose.
A very rudimentary map is attached...
The roster has been finalized for Peak Week Training Camp 2014. Please talk to your coach; we have given them all the information. We have been able to accept 42 swimmers from 9 teams across the league. Should be a great week of training and making new friends. Attached is the schedule for the camp and the Athlete Code of Conduct which needs to be signed and returned.